Saturday, March 29, 2008

Patriotism Telecom Style

Via Andrew Sullivan the Republican President and his fanbois in Congress want retroactive immunity for telecoms who participated in the FISA warrantless wiretapping debacle, because the telecoms were doing their patriotic bit in the War on Terror. However, telecoms aren't quite as patriotic when it comes to giving the government a break on the cost of those wiretaps.

Cox Communications, for instance, charges $1,500 for a 30 day wiretap or for 60 days of real-time call record information. Some telecoms have even shut off wiretaps after the FBI repeatedly failed to pay their spying bill.

This looks like all the patriotism we can afford. So patriotism is as deep as the taxpayer pockets?

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